File:Statueofliberty.JPG|right|thumb|250px|For many immigrants, the Statue of Liberty was their first view of the United States, signifying new opportunities in life. The statue is an iconic symbol of the American Dream.
The '''American Dream''' is a national ethos
of the United States
, the set of ideals (Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward Socio-economic mobility in the United States|social mobility
for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams
in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of Social class in the United States|social class
or circumstances of birth.
[Library of Congress. American Memory.... ]